Louisiana Traveler - Christmas yard ornaments - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Louisiana Traveler - Christmas yard ornaments

Students in the "RISE Connection" program in Calcasieu Parish schools are making Christmas yard decorations in their classroom this month. RISE stands for "Reaching Into Secondary Education."  Darald "Bubba" Doga is their carpentry instructor. 

"This is a Carpenter 1 class," said Doga. "It's a high school credit. What we're doing is teaching them a trade for their future, for better knowledge and teaching them electric tools. How to do a lot of woodworking with a commercial arts theme." 

The students are taught hands-on through the process of making yard decorations and they start with a chop saw. They're taught the entire process from planning and design to painting.  

"I learned a lot in this class," said Andrew Blanchard, a student from Moss Bluff.  "Before I came in here, I didn't learn a lot. But when I did, I learned to use a jigsaw, I learned a lot before I had come from other schools." 

"These students for some reason or other due to the LEAP tests have been held back one grade, but they passed academically," said Doga.  "Instead of them falling behind and repeating all of the 8th grade, we stand behind them and teach them 9th grade credits and then they get a second chance to take their LEAP over and won't fall that far behind."

"It's kind of fun," said Barbara Thompson, a student from Lake Charles. "It's not like most teachers, they expect you to read it and get it. But over here they actually help you get it more better again than regular schools."

Once these students are placed back at their home schools, it's hoped they'll continue on into graduating and entering a trade school. Their ornaments will be on display at a special Christmas Open House on Wednesday, December 18, 2013, at the RISE Connection Center, on Shattuck St. in Lake Charles.

Copyright 2013  KPLC. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Lake Charles native discusses new role as Louisiana's higher education commissioner

    Lake Charles native discusses new role as Louisiana's higher education commissioner

    Friday, April 20 2018 11:37 PM EDT2018-04-21 03:37:43 GMT
    Kim Hunter Reed (Source: Colorado Department of Higher Education)Kim Hunter Reed (Source: Colorado Department of Higher Education)
    Kim Hunter Reed (Source: Colorado Department of Higher Education)Kim Hunter Reed (Source: Colorado Department of Higher Education)

    The next person to oversee college campuses across our state is someone some might recognize.  Lake Charles native Kim Hunter Reed was selected to become Louisiana's Commissioner of Higher Education after a months-long search.   "It's a wonderful feeling, and a wonderful opportunity," said Reed.   Reed was chosen over three other finalists for the job. "When the phone rings and people say to you your state needs you, they need your...

    More >>

    The next person to oversee college campuses across our state is someone some might recognize.  Lake Charles native Kim Hunter Reed was selected to become Louisiana's Commissioner of Higher Education after a months-long search.   "It's a wonderful feeling, and a wonderful opportunity," said Reed.   Reed was chosen over three other finalists for the job. "When the phone rings and people say to you your state needs you, they need your...

    More >>
  • Authorities recover stolen motorcycle in Elton

    Authorities recover stolen motorcycle in Elton

    Friday, April 20 2018 7:11 PM EDT2018-04-20 23:11:32 GMT
    (Source: JDPSO)(Source: JDPSO)

    A man stole a motorcycle in the 2200 block of US 190 in Elton, officials say. 

    More >>

    A man stole a motorcycle in the 2200 block of US 190 in Elton, officials say. 

    More >>
  • Lake Charles man sentenced for stealing rhino horn

    Lake Charles man sentenced for stealing rhino horn

    Friday, April 20 2018 6:09 PM EDT2018-04-20 22:09:14 GMT
    (Source: USDOJ)(Source: USDOJ)
    (Source: USDOJ)(Source: USDOJ)

    A Lake Charles man stole a black rhinoceros horn from McNeese State University, according to the United States Department of Justice.  McNeese's Biology department staff reported to police that a horn had been stolen from a mounted black rhinoceros head on display, says United States Attorney David C. Joseph. Joseph says the United States Fish Wildlife Service agents found the horn for sale online in Sulphur on a website with images of the horn on the hood of a car. An undercov...

    More >>

    A Lake Charles man stole a black rhinoceros horn from McNeese State University, according to the United States Department of Justice.  McNeese's Biology department staff reported to police that a horn had been stolen from a mounted black rhinoceros head on display, says United States Attorney David C. Joseph. Joseph says the United States Fish Wildlife Service agents found the horn for sale online in Sulphur on a website with images of the horn on the hood of a car. An undercov...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly